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Sporopollenin structure unraveled!

The Weng lab resolved the molecular structure of pine sporopollenin. A paper describing this work is published today at Nature Plants. The news release from the Whitehead institute can be accessed here. Special thanks to the Hong lab of MIT Chemistry, our fantastic collaborator on this project!









Electron micrograph of mixed plant pollen grains. Credit: Louisa Howard.

Jing-Ke Weng receives the inaugural Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award.

Jing-Ke Weng is one of the five recipients of the Inaugural Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award. Building on the successful 25-year history of the Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research, the Foundation created the Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award in 2017 to fuel creativity and innovation in junior investigators in the basic sciences. The Odyssey Awards support the pursuit of high-impact ideas to generate breakthroughs and drive new directions in biomedical research. The awards fund high-risk, high-reward pilot projects solicited from the brightest junior faculty in the region.

Matthew Hill joins the lab. Welcome!

First-year graduate student Matthew Hill joins the Weng lab. Welcome! Matthew is a native of Massachusetts, and did summer research in our lab back in 2016, when he was still an undergraduate student at Purdue University. We are glad to recruit him back!

Jack Liu wins the Merck Prize. Congrats!

Our awesome UROP Chun-Ting (Jack) Liu wins the 2018 Merck Prize of the MIT Biology Department, which is given annually to one biology undergraduate student for outstanding research and academic performance in biophysical or bioinfomatics sciences. Big congrats!

Sophia Xu receives the 2018 NSF graduate research fellowship

Sophia Xu receives the 2018 NSF graduate research fellowship! Big congrats!

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. For the 2018 competition, NSF received over 12,000 applications, and made 2,000 award offers.